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Poll: What Traffic Option Do You Favor?

Cast your vote for one of the Unionville Traffic Committee alternatives.

The Unionville Traffic Committee presented a spectrum of options for improving traffic congestion in Unionville to a crowd of more than 200 people Thursday night. The meeting ended with participants voting on the six options presented in hopes that the community might show support for one plan.

The plans include:

Option 1: Do nothing

Option 2: Widen South Main Street from the bridge to New Britain Avenue, creating a left-turn lane for southbound traffic; update traffic signal equipment and reconfigure the corners at Railroad Avenue so school buses would be able to turn down that road instead of blocking the intersection.

Option 3: Widen South Main Street from the bridge to New Britain Avenue, creating a dedicated turn lane for traffic coming down the hill and turning onto Railroad Avenue. That option also would reroute Rails to Trails down Railroad Avenue to eliminate safety concerns. Liquor Square would be removed.

Option 4: Widen South Main Street from the bridge to Depot Place, creating left-turn lanes for both south and northbound traffic. The plan would impact LA Styles Salon and Liquor Square.

Option 5: Relocate New Britain Avenue down Wall Street onto Burnham Avenue, letting out on South Main Street; widen South Main Street; move the entrance to Depot Place; revise Railroad Avenue intersection; allow Rails to Trails to cross at the new light. Would require taking several properties.

Option 6: Replace Unionville bridge with a three-lane bridge; widen South Main Street from bridge to the base of the hill, creating left-turn lanes for north and southbound traffic; reconfigure Railroad Avenue intersection. 

For a complete story on Thursday night's meeting, click .

Michael Andrew March 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
option 5 is off the table
Sas March 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
OFF THE TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not waste your vote on #5. It is not happening.
Sas March 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Two can play this game!!!!
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I'm not sure what you're implying. Option 5, the New Britain Avenue relocation plan, was presented last night and is not off the table. Whether it goes forward or not will be decided by the Town Council.
Tim Sheldon March 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Taken from the minutes of Dec 13 minutes so this doesn't means it off the table Linda Gelineau of 25 Wall Street asked what the next steps would be if the Town Council were to rescind their action on the New Britain Avenue relocation plan from the November meeting. The Manager explained there would be no Special Town Meeting and the action as passed could not be considered again. The Chair reassured Ms. Gelineau that if the new Council continued to have the Unionville Traffic Committee continue to work on the traffic problems in Unionville that the people who had been opposed to the New Britain Avenue relocation plan would have an opportunity to voice their opinion on any future plans and that there would not be immediate revisiting of the current plan. here is the pdf file http://web2.farmington-ct.org/TownGovernment/TownCouncil/Minutes/2011/12-13-11.pdf
Justin March 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Off or On the tabel, option 5 won't happen. The Ville has spoken!!
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Hi all, thanks for voting and commenting. Patch expects honesty. If anyone attempts to skew the poll by voting multiple times, I'll shut down voting or suspend your account. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
brendan b. March 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Would it be possible to move the liquor store to the back of the lot rather than the street side? And at the same time, is it possible to move LA Styles back from the street to be more in line with both of its neighbors? And if not able to move them, rebuild entirely on those lots, just further back from the road? This would allow for not only the widening of South Main but also the widening of NB Ave AND Railroad, essentially widening the "problem" intersection in all directions.
brendan b. March 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
....to add to that, i would doubt something like this would come close to $10M. So we'd be saving money, and the effect on businesses would be much less than if we tried to move NB Ave. While nobody should want these fixes (whichever option is chosen) to negatively impact the surrounding businesses, it seems to me like the liquour store is going to be no matter what, and due to its location close to the stree, the same goes for LA Styles. I'm sure they wouldnt be happy losing business for that time period, at least they would remain in the location they seem to want to be in. Those are my two cents.
Billsbbq Andpigroast March 09, 2012 at 11:14 PM
didn't we go through this last night (3/8/12) what part of leave unionville alone don't you understand?????????????????????????????????????
Paul Stepka March 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
can i get a BIG map?

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